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A dashboard camera or simply dashcam, also known as car digital video recorder (car DVR), driving recorder, or event data recorder (EDR), is an onboard camera that continuously records the view through a vehicle's front windscreen and sometimes rear or other windows. Some dashcams include a camera to record the interior of the car in 360 degrees inside camera, usually in a ball form, and can automatically send pictures and video using 4G.


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Dashcams can provide video evidence in the event of a road accident. When parked, dashcams can capture video and picture evidence if vandalism is detected by 360 parking monitor and send it to the owner usually employing 4G.

Dashcams with a G-sensor ensure that recordings of a collision are not overwritten by new data usually by storing them in a separate folder and/or making them read-only. The G-sensor ensures that the dashcam makes separate recordings.

GPS coordinate stamping capability is included in most dashcams (some need an external GPS antenna, but other dashcam systems have built-in GPS), and others include GPS (online and offline) navigation.

In order to store files and properly format the media card when power is turned off, dashcams use either a Lithium Polymer (LiPo) battery or a capacitor. While both provide power for a very short period of time, they have very different operating capabilities and limitations. LiPo batteries have an estimated life of 2-3 years or roughly 300-500 cycles. Over time, the material inside the battery will start to degrade resulting in out-gassing. This can be observed in a swollen or puffy looking battery case. When a LiPo battery reaches this point, the battery is no longer able to hold a charge. The result is a camera that may randomly turn on or off, or register format errors if it can't shut down correctly when power is turned off since it can only function when using the power from the vehicle. Capacitors can also store a temporary charge and will last much longer. They are also more resistant to higher operating temperatures, but are more expensive and require additional hardware or software support. Generally the LiPo batteries are found in less expensive dashcams and capacitors are used in more expensive dashcams.

Dashcams are widespread in Russia[2] as a guard against police corruption and insurance fraud, where they provide additional evidence.[3] They have been called "ubiquitous" and "an on-line obsession", and are so prevalent that dashcam recordings were the most common videos of the February 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor,[4] which was documented from at least a dozen angles. Thousands of videos showing automobile and aircraft crashes, close calls, and attempts at insurance fraud have been uploaded to social sharing websites such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Yandex, and other websites.[citation needed]

While dashcams are gaining in popularity as a way of protection against distortion of facts, they also attract negative attitudes for privacy concerns. This is also reflected in the laws of different countries in different and conflicting ways:

Police departments use dashcams in police vehicles to gather evidence during traffic stops and car chases.[23] Some dashcam systems can be automatically activated when a police car's emergency lights or siren are turned on.[24][25][26] Freedom of information laws mean that the footage can be released under some circumstances,[27] and this can be an important tool in reporting on police actions.[28] TV shows like World's Wildest Police Videos have frequently featured car chase videos shot from dashcams.

Some police officers accused of police brutality or misconduct tamper with their cameras to disable audio or video recording.[29] A report in 2016 showed that in Chicago, 80% of the police dashcams did not work properly. Among the causes were that officers destroyed antennas, hid microphones, and removed batteries or recording media.[30]

So, if that's what a dashcam is, why not use an old, unused smartphone instead? That way, you can save a few bucks while extending the life of your old tech. It also helps reduce the e-waste littered in our drawers.

Now, before we dive into the things you need to convert your old phone into a dashcam, you must first know its pros and cons. The biggest advantage of a smartphone dashcam is that you'll save money on a new camera.

However, since it's a smartphone, it is a tempting target among car thieves. This is especially true if you leave it in plain sight like most dashcams. Another option is to take it off its mounting. You can do this, but mounting it back every time you drive can be a hassle.

Nevertheless, if this is legal in the places you frequent and you live in a pretty safe area, then a smartphone dashcam might be a good choice for you. So, here are a few things to consider when setting up an old phone for a dashcam.

You don't have to have a new phone in the car, but something that's three to five years old might do well as a dashcam. Anything older, and you have to consider that its camera isn't up to par or its internals might already be failing from wear and tear.

Most old phones come with limited storage. If your old phone only has 32GB or 64GB of space, you should reformat it before using it. Also, ensure that it contains nothing but essential apps and the dashcam app. That way, you have a lot of storage for your videos.

If your phone can expand its memory via a microSD card, then consider installing a 128GB removable card. That way, you can record your dashcam videos at the highest possible setting and keep a number of them on your phone before they get written over.

You might also want a mount that's easy to remove. That's because if you don't intend to leave your smartphone dashcam in the car, at least you won't have difficulty putting it on and taking it off every time you drive.

Remember, always carefully consider where you place your dashcam (whether it's a dashcam or a smartphone)! You don't want to place any gadget that will obstruct your car's sensors or place it on the airbag. Doing so is dangerous as it could cause your vehicle to act erratically, or it could become a projectile if the airbags inflate in an accident.

While most phones have a decent battery life, older devices typically have reduced battery health. Furthermore, recording videos consumes a lot of power. That's why you want a fast charging cable and adapter in your car to charge the smartphone dashcam.

As long as you don't get in trouble and your smartphone still has a lot of life left in it, using it as a dashcam is a good decision. That will help you save some money and, at the same time, reduce unnecessary e-waste. And if you're in a jam, you can use your smartphone dashcam to contact emergency services.

You can self-install the dashcams, or Verizon Connect can schedule a professional to come outand install the fleet camera system for you. The hardware should be mounted on the inside of the windshieldbehind the rearview mirror on most vehicles.

Yes. The dashcams will continue to provide in-cab alerts to drivers when they are in limited or no cellularcoverage and event footage will be cached on the dashcam. Once connectivity is restored, the videos will besent to the platform and available for viewing.

The driver-facing dashcam provides a single, integrated platform inclusive of telematics, dual video and artificial intelligence enhanced with machine learning to help businesses improve driver behavior and better understand details of specific driving events, Verizon Connect said.

Loop recording is a feature on every dashcam which makes sure that the dashcam can keep recording even when the SD card is full. A dashcam with Loop recording stores the video files on the SD card in shorter fragments, usually 3 or 5 minutes. When the SD card is full, the dashcam automatically deletes the oldest file so there is space for a new file. This way you're sure that the latest trips are always stored on the SD card.

The Loop recording on a dashcam might be great for regular driving, but some files you want to keep for later. You might have seen something funny or remarkable on the road or worse, you got involved in an accident. You don't want these files to be automatically erased by te Loop recording.

This still from dashcam video taken from a Tesla shows a truck pulling a camper jackknife while driving along I-70 nearly the Loveland Ski Area in Colorado on March 2, 2023. (Craig Zofchak via Storyful) 041b061a72


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